Assigning a Local Switching VLAN Profile to Existing Access Points
Local switching uses VLANs to switch packets directly from access points to the wired network instead of passing through a controller. When one of those VLANs, indicated in a Local Switching Profile, is applied to an access point, that access point traffic is locally switched. This topic explains how to assign a Local Switching Profile to existing access points. Before you assign access points to Local Switching Profiles, you must first create those profiles indicating the VLAN members—for directions, see Creating and Managing Local Switching Profiles. You can also assign a Local Switching Profile when you add a new access point—see Assigning a Local Switching Profile During Access Point Configuration.
When applying a Local Switching Profile to an access point causes traffic previously tunneled through a controller to be locally switched, the access point’s client sessions are terminated, and the clients must re-associate with the access point. This also happens if an access point stops using a Local Switching Profile.
To assign a Local Switching Profile to existing access points:
- Under Views, select one of these options: Logical
View, Location View, Device View or Custom Group View.
Do not select Dashboard View, Datacenter View, or Topology View.
- Click in the Network Director banner.
- From the Tasks pane, expand Wireless, expand Profiles, and then select Local Switching VLAN.
The Manage Local Switching VLAN Profiles page is displayed with a list of all current Local Switching Profiles.
- Select one of the listed Local Switching VLAN Profiles
and then click Assign.
The Assign Local Switching VLAN Profile wizard opens with three sections, Device Selection (default selection), Profile Assignment, and Review.
- In Device Selection, select controllers by choosing at least one device for assignment. If you select Wireless Network, all controllers are selected.
- Click either Profile Assignment in the wizard
The Profile Assignment section of the wizard opens with all selected controllers listed under Assignments.
- Assign the Local Switching VLAN Profile to access points
by selecting one or more controllers from the Assignments list and
then clicking Assign to AP.
The Assign Profile to Managed Nodes window opens.
- Select individual access points from the Managed Node
Name list and then click Assign.
The access points are added to the Assignments list under their controller.
- Click either Review in the wizard or Next.
- Make any needed changes by clicking Edit.
The wizard reverts to Profile Assignment where you can make changes and then click either Review in the wizard or Next again to return to the review.
- Click Finish.
The message Assignments in progress. Please Wait. is displayed until assignments are complete. The assignment is then added to the Manage Local Switching Profiles page.
Local Switching VLAN Profiles can also be assigned to existing access points (see Assigning a Local Switching VLAN Profile to Existing Access Points), and included in Remote Site Profiles (see Creating and Managing Remote Site Profiles).